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TrainingZONE Newswire #335 – IT Training v Time


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 335
29 November 2004

1. Feature: IT Training v Time - Getting the Balance Right
2. Kearns: Moving up to Human Capital Management
3. Parkin Space: The Curious Skill That We Must Develop
4. Standards of Work-Based Training Rise Again - ALI
5. Resources: TNA and Performance Appraisal Toolkit

Editor's note
Now here's a thought to get the brain working at the start of
the week: if you had to choose only one, what single skill would
you teach that would significantly improve the performance of
organisations? Columnist Godfrey Parkin has his own curious
answer, but we'd love to hear yours.

On a sad note we've reached the end of Paul Kearns' Bitesize
Guide to Becoming a Business Partner. Thousands of you have
accessed the guide over the last 11 months, and will no doubt
miss Paul's fortnightly dose of business acumen. The good news
is that you can now access the full guide, so get it bookmarked!


Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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News and features
To keep up to date with training news visit TrainingZONE
daily. This week's highlights:

Feature: IT Training v Time - Getting the Balance Right
In the wake of warnings about an impending IT skills crisis, Jon
Buttriss looks at the time v skills debate.

Kearns: Moving up to Human Capital Management
Has it really been 11 months? Don't miss this final instalment
of the Bitesize Business Partners Guide.

Parkin Space: The Curious Skill That We Must Develop
If you could crank up the volume on only one skill, across all
your employees, which one would you pick?

Measuring the Business Benefits of Apprenticeships
Find out how the likes of Tesco, BT and British Gas are
measuring the business benefits of apprenticeships.

Review: Walking Over Hot Coals with Anthony Robbins
Would you walk over hot coals in the name of self- improvement?
Read the personal experiences of those who did.

Standards of Work-Based Training Rise Again - ALI
The Adult Learning Inspectorate says that the proportion of
companies offering poor training has fallen from 60% to 34%.


TNA and Performance Appraisal Toolkit
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Catch-up with the latest questions being asked by the community:

Janet Bell needs some pointers on how to improve panel
discussions during workshops.

Tony Edwards wonders if anyone knows of the PROBE methodology
for setting and measuring objectives?

Barry Bond needs advice on how to measure the link between
key soft skills and the businesses bottom line.

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